This is a review of a compilation of bands doing cover songs from Sweden's Bathory a band that was very influential on the black, viking and thrash metal genres as well as being considered one of the originators of black metal, the album was released as a joint effort between Antichrist Magazine and Grand SOunds Promotion and we will review each track one by one.
Germany's Reactorbeast brings us "Hades" which they mix their thrash metal style in with the first wave style of black metal style of the song as well as bringing in a more German approach of thrash metal vocals to the track.
Germany's Hateful Agony brings us "Reaper" where they take the classic German thrash metal style along with the first wave black metal rawness of the genre as well a s bringing in an early death metal approach to the vocals.
Italy's Orgrel brings us "Necromancy" which they also add in some second wave touches to the song as well remaining true to the original vision of the track. and the riffs and leads also add in a great amount of melody.
Poland's Vephar brings us "Sacrifice" where they take this song and change things around their old school style of death metal but also retaining the black metal elements of the original version.
Sweden/Indonesia's Nattmaran brings us "In Conspiracy With Satan" where they take their punk influenced mixture of black, thrash and speed metal and also bring in an even more raw version of the original song.
Slovakia's Demonic-Eyed brings us "Raise The Dead" and they add more crust and hardcore style punk, thrash and crossover elements in which where not presented on the original version of the track.
Norway's Myrholt brings us "War" and they take the first wave nature of the track and mixes it in with more a second where Norwegian black metal metal as well as taking t he vocals into more of an aggressive direction.
Canada's Winterhearth brings us "Born For Burning" where they take the song into more of modern blackened thrash metal direction that is still very heavily rooted in the old school style of the original.
Sweden's Helvetestromb brings us "Sadist (Tormentor)" where they take some raw black metal and crust punk elements in to create a song that is more brutal than the original version of the track.
Spain's Gorguina brings us "The Return Of Darkness And Evil" where they take the or9iginal track and mixes it in with the raw aggression of the second wave style as well as giving the vocals more of a grim approach.
Poland's Dominance bring s us "Massacre" and they also take the music into more of a raw second wave black metal style than the original version as well a s taking the vocals approach into more of an aggressive direction.
Spain's Nuclear Revenge brings us "Woman Of Dark Desires" and they also bring in more modern blackened thrash metal touches to the track as well as remaining true to the old school vision of the song.
Australia's Zkarv brings us "Call From The Grave" and also adds in some ambient elements to update the song for the modern era as well as keeping the tracks man focus rooted in more of a black metal style.
Italy's Avtotheism brings us "Equimanthorn" which starts out with some synths before going into more of a brutal and technical direction of death metal as well as retaining the black metal elements of the original version.
United Kingdom's Craven Idol brings us "Chariots Of Fire" which also brings in more of a horror movie vibe than the original version as well as adding in a lot more rawness of brutality to the track.
Poland's Mystic Rites brings us "A Fine Day To Die" which is very long and epic in length and starts out with some clean playing as well as adding in a brief use of clear vocals before going into more of an aggressive black metal direction.
U.S.A's Luminous Veil brings us "For Those Who Die" which starts out with some epic battle sounds before going into a heavier direction which also adds in a more modern black metal approach to the original version.
Netherlands's Gorge Of War brings us "Dies Irae" which he takes the original and mixes it in with some rawer black/war metal touches and experimental elements but keeping the song very brutal.
Scotland's Nemeta brings us "Shores In Flames" which is also very long and epic in length while the vocals are also done in a very clear pagan style as well a s adding in some blast beats and grim black metal screams that where not present in the original version.
Italy's Spiritual Deception brings us "Father To Son" which they take into more of a brutal death metal direction that is very different from the original version as well as sounding like a complete different track.
Italy's Ardeat brings us "Home Of Once Brave" which they take into more of a brutal blackened death emtal style that is completely different from the original viking metal version of the songs.
New Zealand's Beltane brings us "One Rode To Asa Bay" which is also very long and epic in length as well as being very melodic at the same time and the band stays away from the black metal approach of their original material to remain true to the classic viking metal style of the song.
Italy's Hymnodya brings us "Under The Runes" which is a lot more in a death metal style than the original while also keeping the viking metal spirit that was very present on the track when it was released.
U.S.A's Ob Nixilis brings us "Bond Of Blood" which starts out with some clean playing before going into more of an atmospheric viking/black metal direction which also mixes in a lot of melodic death metal elements.
Australia's Heathen Foray brings us "Man Of Iron" which they mix some melodic death metal and pagan black metal elements into the track as well as keeping the feeling of the original track.
Chile's Raving Panic brings us "The Stallion" which is done in a very melodic yet epic pagan metal style while also adding in some elements of folk metal and the track also s ticks to a slower direction.
Brazil's Hellish War brings us "The Woodwoman" which starts out with some acoustic guitars before going into a heavier direction while the vocals are done in mostly a clear power metal style.
Brazil's brave brings us "Gods Of Thunder Of Wind And Of Rain" where they take the track from Bathory's viking metal era and give it more of a power or traditional metal touch as well as keeping the heaviness of the original.
Italy's Altar Of The Witch brings us "Nordland" a track that is very long and epic in length an d they take the viking metal style of the original and mixes it in with elements of traditional doom metal.
Columbia's no Raza brings us "Ring Of Gold" which starts out with some acoustic guitars and synths before going into more of a heavier and melodic direction and the band also brings in more of a death metal style to the song.
Brazil's Buaiteoir brings us "Foreverdark Woods" a track that is very long and epic in length and the band also brings in more elements of folk music to create a different version of the original song as well as remaining true to its pagan roots.
Brazil's Battle Raven brings us "Mother Earth, Father Thunder" which starts out with some clear pagan chants and vocals before going into more of a heavier yet melodic direction that also captures a very epic atmosphere.
Italy's Manehidag closes the compilation with "Vinland" where they take the viking metal style of the original version and also mix it in with a touch of black metal style to create a more original version.
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding compilation and I would recommend it to fans of all of the different phases of Bathory. 8 out of 10.
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